Denver makes seizure law permanent

Tuesday, July 14, 1998 -- As predicted, the anti-gun Denver City Council made 37-50, their draconian seizure law that stops gun owners from entering Denver without fear of losing property, a permanent city ordinance.

Council disregards public outcry, makes Denver a "Criminal Safezone"

Unfortunately, the Denver City Council made their Gestapo-like seizure law permanent late last night.

RMGO Excecutive Director Dudley Brown was on Channel 7 News last night and this morning, saying this law created a climate where "citizens fear government more than the criminal."

Below is a link to the Denver Post updated story:

Link to Denver Post article

House Judiciary Committee to hear ban on "Assault Weapons"

Sunday, Feb. 1, 1998 -- State Rep. Dan Grossman (D-Denver) will present his bill to ban so-called "assault weapons" to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning.

Bill bans possession of "assault weapons" with no grandfathered weapons
Grossman's HB1181 take the federal ban quite a few steps further, making almost any semi-automatic rifle illegal. It loosely defines the term "assault weapon" and bans all of that description, unless you obtain a permit from your local law enforcement agency.

HB 1181 defines "assault weapons" as a firearm with any one of the following: a "shorter length than recreational firearms", a folding stock, a "greater rate of fire than reasonably necessary for legitimate sports, recreational, or protection activities", or a detachable magazine with a capacity of 21 or more rounds.

It breaks new ground because it does not just ban the sale or manufacture of such weapons, but bans possession, making thousands of currently owned weapons illegal. Since there is no grandfather clause, almost every semi-automatic weapon could be considered illegal. If this bill were to pass, could no-knock raids and door-to-door searches be far off?

There is another bill which bans only the sale of "assault weapons." Sen. Pat Pascoe (D-Denver), a long time gun-grabber, has written SB164, which stops any sale of "assault weapons" by private individuals. It is not yet scheduled for a hearing, but it is in Sen. Wham's Judiciary Committee, and may also stand a chance of passing. More on this bill as we get it.

Judiciary Committee not friendly to gun rights
The House Judiciary Committee is not known for its conservative bent, so we cannot expect this bill to die on its own.

Call the following marginal members of the committe today, and demand they stand for freedom by opposing this bill.

All of these members have opposed gun owners in votes on concealed carry, so remind them that gun owners remember their acts of betrayal, especially in an election year.

Rep. Bill Kaufman (R-Loveland) at 866-2947
Rep. Martha Kreutz (R-Englewood) at 866-5510
Rep. Gary McPherson (R-Aurora) at 866-2944
Rep. Marci Morrison (R-Colorado Springs) at 866-2937
Rep. Alice Nichol (D-Denver) at 866-2931

You can also fax letters (address them individually) to: 866-2218.

House sponsor gun owners enemy;
Assault weapons ban proposed;
Wray Police Chief shuts down permit operations

Thursday, Jan. 15, 1998 -- For the fifth year in a row, State Senator Ken Chlouber (R-Leadville) has introduced a concealed carry bill, and this year he brings one of our arch enemies to the table.

Chlouber chooses anti-gun State Rep. Russ George as House Sponsor
Senate Bill 81 was introduced by Chlouber this week, marking his 5th consecutive session carrying a bill to change Colorado's concealed carry law.

Chlouber, however, could not use last year's House Sponsor, Larry Schwarz, because Schwarz resigned his seat to take an appointment with Governor Roy Romer, a move that has gun owners questioning Schwarz's motives. Schwarz actively opposed any efforts to make last year's over-restrictive concealed carry bill better. Enter Russ George (R-Rifle), considered one of Colorado's most liberal Republicans and a candidate to replace Speaker Chuck Berry in the top House leadership position.

Russ George sponsored a bill (SB95-067, with fellow liberal Sen. Dottie Wham) to make carrying concealed without a permit a felony. That means that any rancher caught with a loaded pistol under his seat or the nurse driving home from a late shift would be guilty of a felony. The bill also required a "need" be shown by permit applicants. Fortunately, the bill was killed in committee, where even Wham could not find enough liberals to support her anti-concealed carry bill. It does, however, show Rep. George's extreme anti-gun views.

Just yesterday, George voted to increase the penalties for illegal hunting of trophy game to a mandatory $25,000 in addition to the normal penalty (HB1039) with no discretion allowed by the judge (the original bill had a $5,000 fine, but George amended it to the much higher amount).

George's voting record on gun issues is quite clear:

1997: Opposed efforts to remove centralized database and gov't mandated training requirements
1996: Opposed Rep. Musgrave's "Vermont Law" amendment to HB1178
1995: Joined Wham in an attempt to make carrying without a permit a felony (SB67)
1994: Opposed both concealed carry bills (Chlouber's HB1076 & fmr. Rep Clark's HB1025)

Call Senator Chlouber (303-866-4866) to tell him you are appalled by his selection of a Sponsor and that selecting such an anti-gun ally jeopardizes gun owners' support for this bill.

Assault Weapons ban introduced in Colorado House
House Bill 1181, sponsored by Rep. Dan Grossman, would ban the sale, ownership or possession of an "assault weapon" in Colorado. It was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee, where gun owners have few friends. Stay tuned for more information on this bill.

Police Chief's chain jerked, Wray City Council says stop
Shortly after it began, it was over. The Wray City Council stopped Police Chief Bowman from issuing permits statewide, instead only allowing him to process applications from their municipality. Though publicly the Chief says the pressure came from his council, insiders speculate that the Colorado Sheriffs (many known for their anti-gun stances and strong arm tactics) may have used their power to force the shutdown.

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